LEARN TO LISTEN

Think about those moments when a loved one calls and you can tell just by the sound of their voice that something is wrong. The Pitch and tone can provide loads of information even without the other person explaining the details. This is why learning to listen is of such high value.

Listening is fundamental to the yoga practice. Problems, frustration, and even injury can occur when our attention is scattered. Most importantly, our ability to connect will suffer.

There is so much more we can take in when we communicate if we just stay present. Listen carefully and it just might be one of the best gifts you have to offer.

During the Yoga for Life: 4 Week Program, we will explore ways to go deeper into our courage, commitment, and ability to connect to ourselves and others. Each week you will learn the ancient teachings of the Niyamas, the personal observances of yoga. Discover how the Niyamas serve as compasses in your daily living. Gain tools to make purposeful choices and learn to listen to your inner teacher.

Take four weeks with Tristina Kennedy & Michael Fong to commit to building a healthier relationship with yourself, others and the world around you. Be supported by your yoga community and break through the negative patterns of the past to start the year off with balance and power!

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FREE YOUR FASCIA!

 

Date: Sunday March 10, 2019

Time: 1-3:30pm

Investment: $35 in advance registration $45/walk-in

 

Would you like to improve flexibility, function, performance, and reduce injuries? 

Are you still feeling “stuck” despite your regular yoga practice?

If so, this workshop is for you.

During this workshop we will be using various myofascial release tools to retrain the muscles to lengthen, strengthen and fire more efficiently. Myofascial release can reduce pain, increase range of motion and teach our muscles how to move more efficiently.

 

You will learn

-How your fascia effects your overall state of wellbeing.

-How to release the sticky fascia in your body that keeps you from moving freely.

-Which parts of your body need to be released and which parts could use more strength

-Which myofascial release tools work best


Healthy Bytes by Ezio Garritano

I would like to present to you quick and easy-to-follow guidelines that I have personally put to use and that have made a difference in my life, improving immune strength and increasing energy levels amongst other benefits, and which I believe will make a difference as well in your overall health and well-being! 

It is my firm belief that a healthy lifestyle should begin with the foods we eat on a daily basis. With that said, it is important that we choose the best quality of foods and incorporate as many superfoods into our daily meals as possible. What I’m talking about are organic, nutrient-dense foods, which on a bite-per-bite basis, will provide you with the most nutrition available.

Let’s look at 4 of my favorites which all happen to be in the cruciferous family, and whose nutritional benefits have been highly praised. They are arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli and red/purple cabbage. I prefer each of these lightly sautéed rather than raw, though arugula lends itself quite well to salad, as do dandelion greens. But as in many cases, cooking with minimal heat as in sautéing can help release a number of nutrients otherwise not available if consumed raw. Each of these vegetables can be substituted using the same exact cooking method.

I use olive oil almost exclusively, though there are other very beneficial oils with higher smoke points. I enjoy the aroma of olive oil, especially when combined with garlic. So, cover the bottom of the pan with olive oil and sauté the garlic over light heat, and if you enjoy a little spicy kick, add red pepper flakes to the olive oil-garlic mix.

Once the garlic is ready, keep the heat at the same level as you add any one of the 4 vegetables. I cut the broccoli and the cabbage into more manageable bite-sized pieces, as well as the dandelion greens which usually tend to be long in length. Cooking will only take a few minutes, so keep vigil over the pan, stirring frequently as the greens begin to turn a bright, vibrant color, particularly the broccoli. I place a lid only over the broccoli for just a few minutes so as to cook it more quickly and thoroughly. Add salt to taste during the cooking process, and in just those few minutes, you have a very tasty and healthy side-dish which can be added to any main course. With the broccoli leftovers, you can combine them with pasta by simply adding it to cooked pasta. I like keeping the pasta simple in this case, again sautéing garlic in olive oil, adding red pepper flakes, and then pouring this over the cooked pasta with the broccoli.Quick, easy and very healthy! You can substitute any other vegetables which you might have a preference for. Each of these are high in vitamins, minerals and those important phytochemicals which protect us with their antioxidant activity.

Herb of the Day (and every other day)!

Ashwagandha-an adaptogenic herb used extensively in the Ayurvedic tradition of medicine. There is much information available on its use and benefits, and feel it is very worthwhile looking into and considering making it a part of your daily health regimen. Below I provide two good sources as links which will give you much information on this wonderful herb.

Until next time, healthy eating and healthy living!

https://draxe.com/ashwagandha-benefits/

https://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/herbs/ashwagandha/


Ayurveda: building a peaceful lifestyle

Wah! introduces this approach to health using Ayurvedic wisdom to develop a peaceful body and lifestyle routine.  Engaging self-inquiry to determine the tendencies of your mind/body, you can take steps to correct imbalances (vikruti) as they develop. Suffering is the first step, it gets your attention.  Then it’s your job to do something about it.  Don’t let problems stay problems; take initiative to fix your problems so you can be happy and enjoy.  Ayurveda means “the science of living” – take the wisdom and apply it to your life!

Date: Sunday March 24th

Time: 1-3:30pm

Investment: $30/Advance Registration $35/Walk-in

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Heart Medicine Friday Feb 1st and Saturday Feb 2nd with Saul David Raye & Jim Beckwith

Friday February 1st 7-9pm 

Investment $25

Heart Medicine Kirtan: An evening of Ecstatic Chanting 

Join us for an intimate and soul-stirring evening of chanting, music, mantras and medicine songs as we come together in community and celebrate the journey of life. Kirtan is the practice of chanting or singing in a group. Sanskrit mantras, prayers, medicine songs, soulful grooves, dancing and heart wisdom allow for a deep communal experience. It is at once a practice of meditation, exploration and activation that connects us back to the heart. Acclaimed Yogi and Mantra Music Artist Saul will be joined by the wonderful talents of  multi instrumentalist Jim Beckwith for this beautiful devotional evening.  

Saturday February 2nd 1-3:30pm 

Investment $35//advance registration $45//door

The Power of the Heart ~ Hridaya Shakti

Both ancient mystics and modern science acknowledge the power and importance of the Human Heart. The Heart exists on different levels  of being; physical, emotional and spiritual and is the place that holds our deepest essence, passion and wisdom. It is the space where all polarities and opposites dissolve and the place that holds the key to inner peace and spiritual awareness. Yet the human heart still remains a mystery. 

This class will offer teachings that support a deeper awareness of the heart as well as a dynamic heart centered practice of asana, breathwork, chanting, meditation and music with special practices for strengthening, healing and awakening the power of our hearts. 

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Leap’s 100 Club 2019 with Amy Zilkie

Happy New Year Leapers! Empower yourself this year with Leap’s 2018 100 club. It is easy to lose sight of your goals and let dedication to your yoga practice slip a bit from time to time. A little support from friends can make all the difference.

Come join Leap’s 100 club and stay motivated to practice 100 classes in 2019. Together we will support, encourage, and stay connected to our intentions throughout the year.

The Rules

Sign up for Leap’s 100 club by February 15th
Practice 100 classes in 2019 (vinyasa/yin/kaiut/ kundalini/workshops)
All classes must be completed at Leap to qualify

Your Rewards

Register and right away receive a 15% discount on one Refine & Align Specialty Class with Karen Miscall-Bannon any month in 2018 (these classes are offered monthly)

When you make you’re goal of 100 practices in 2019 you will also receive 2 Leap Class Passes (bring your friends!)
Leap’s 100 club t-shirt at the end of the year

Investment: $20
Registration Deadline: February 15th, 2019

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Monthly Kundalini Classes with Hannah Zackney and Rochelle Goehring

Mondays with Hannah 10.30-11.45am
Jan 28
Feb 25

March 18

Regular Class rates apply (included in membership)

 

Friday Evenings with Rochelle 6:30-8pm
Jan 18
Feb 15
March 15
April 19

Investment: $12 per class

 

Kundalini Yoga, known as the yoga of awareness was brought to the west by Yogi Bhajan.  This style of yoga iincorporates yoga postures, kryias, dynamic breathing techniques and meditation with the goal to build physical vitality and increase consciousness.  At the end of each evening class, the effects of the kryia and mediation are sealed by a symphonic gong bath.  No prior yoga experience is necessary to participate and all ages are welcome.


New Year’s Day!

Demystifying the Sacred Art of Tarot and using it as part of your daily Sadhaha- Tarot 101 with Cici Escobar

Date: Tuesday, January 1st

Time: 1-3pm

Investment: $25

The Tarot is the mirror to the sub-counsious. The path to self healing and discovery takes intuition, courage and commitment. We must be able to see ourselves authentically with kindness and compassion in order to create shift and change. Join Cici on Tuesday January 1st for an in-depth look at the nuances of the Tarot. Through a yogic lens, Cici will diminish the dogma that exists around this ancient practice and teach her students how to use it in everyday life.

 

Course incluse:

  • The basics of Tarot
  • Brief history
  • Deck breakdown
  • Self healing as a daily practice
  • Developing intuition
  • Basic Spreads
  • DIY Moon ceromonies
  • Using Tarot in everyday life and developing a daily Sadhaha (spiritual practice)

 

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Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for one year or 30 you’ll want to join Master Teacher Karen Miscall-Bannon in this two hour workshop. You will get to the “root” of your practice as Karen guides you in refining and aligning your poses by breaking them down into each component…finding the sukha and sthira (sweetness and steadiness) in each one…enabling you to take that body of knowledge into your regular practice!

Friday Jan 25th from 1:15pm to 3:15pm
$20 Advance Registration, $25 Day of Event Contact Karen if you have any questions @ www.kmbyoga.com

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Kaiut Yoga® is all about biomechanical health (or said another way, your freedom of movement). It has been designed to work through chronic pain & injuries, general aches & stiffness, and work for the inflexible, hyper flexible and the aging body.

Unlike most yoga that stretches muscles in extraordinary ways, Kaiut Yoga® works from the joints. As such, it has a dramatic impact in countering the harmful effects of modern living – where most of us sit most of the day  – as well as the harmful impact to our bodies of consistent movement patterns such as frequent running or cycling, playing a certain sport for years, or our compensating behaviours for old sports or other injuries.

Kaiut Yoga® is about maintaining or returning the body to optimal structure and functionality. It’s about freedom of movement, physical system and energy flow. It’s about keeping us as healthy, mobile and pain free as possible for as long as possible. With more freedom of body comes freedom of mind. It’s about a better quality of life.